Announcing the BVCF 2021 Community Impact Grant Recipients
The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Community Impact Grants are four significant grants, totalling over $270,000.00, that will enhance quality of life in the Bulkley Valley. These grants are made possible by the generosity of a local donor.
Expressions of Interest for this funding were received from 15 local groups for projects already underway or in conceptual stages that cover a very broad range of fields of interest. The BVCF Grants Committee thanks these groups for their submissions and for their dedication to our communities. From these proposals four projects were selected for funding.
The Grendel Group (Family Advocates) provides programs and support for educational and work experience for people with cognitive and physical disabilities. This grant will assist the organization with their GrendelHouse community residence project. GrendelHouse will be a supervised residence and activity centre for individuals with developmental disabilities. The organization will receive $200,000.00 towards this project.
The Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club has provided skill development, fitness and fun for many young skiers over the winter seasons. Their Ski S’Kool program offers introductory lessons to thousands of Bulkley Valley elementary school students. A grant of $21,000.00 will reduce the costs of the program for students and for the club over the next three years.
The Bulkley Valley Regional Swimming Pool has been a hub of regional activity for people of all ages and walks of life for 30 years. With this grant the Pool will receive $25,000.00 towards their facility upkeep and enhancement project. The lobby and reception area will be renovated to make it more functional for staff and patrons. Wheelchair height reception will be created, which will also be more accessible to children.
The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club maintains 40 kilometres of beautiful tracked trails in the forest below Morice Mountain for skiing and snowshoeing. Grant funds of $25,000.00 will be used to improve drainage and shaping of the trail system, extending the season and access to this recreation resource.
“This is an amazing gift to the people of the Valley and the BVCF is extremely grateful for the opportunity to help build vibrant and caring communities,” said Jill Dunbar, BVCF director and project coordinator.
Photo from left: Deb Camenzind, BVCF; Michael Ambery, Grendel Group; Jill Dunbar, BVCF; Thomas Buth, Grendel; Dmitri Cody, Grendel; Jay Cody, Grendel; Anneh Kessels, Grendel; Matthias Naziel, Grendel; Brie McAloney, Grendel; and Mike Doogan-Smith, BVCF. Photo credit: Thom Barker